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Dirk Nowitzki Targets Return to Dallas Mavericks in About a Month

November 20th, 2012 at 4:37 PM
By Kevin Rodriguez

According to ESPNDallas, Dirk Nowitzki is targeting a return date to the Dallas Mavericks around mid-December. That is about three to four more weeks before the Mavs get their former MVP back on the court.

'Rashard Lewis and Dirk Nowitzki' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Nowitzki underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on October 19th. A procedure like this normally requires a three to six week recovery time before getting back on the court. He was hoping to return on the lower end of that timetable, but told media members Tuesday that he is not going to rush his recovery back, even though it pains him to watch his Dallas team from the sidelines right now.

"I'm not going to do that this year," said Nowitzki, "I need to make sure everything's right before I come back. I can't rush. I'm hoping maybe after these two years to play a couple more years. So it would be the wrong thing now to push it and come back too early and maybe make something worse for the long term."

Nowitzki has started doing light running in the pool and on an exercise bike. He is also doing leg presses to try to build the strength in his knee back up.

The Dallas Mavericks are 6-6 so far this season, and they play the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.

Tags: Basketball, Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, NBA

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